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May. 25th, 2017 06:52 pm[personal profile] the_rck
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Yesterday afternoon, my laptop decided that Facebook was not a site I should be able to access. I kept getting a message, when I tried to go there, that the site couldn't be verified because it didn't have a valid security certificate. Scott was having no problems getting in, so I assumed a problem with my browser and cleared the cache and the cookies and restarted it. No joy. I tried with Chrome and got the same error. I couldn't get at any page in the domain, not a one.

I restarted my laptop entirely, and that seems to have done it, but... I have no idea what happened there.

I just want to be able to see pictures of my friends' kids and pets and gardens and...

There are two reactions/emojis that I really want on Facebook. One is an option for ::hugs:: when nothing else is quite right as a response to a post. The other is an 'I boggle' in addition to the 'Wow' because I tend to skew Wow as positive/impressed. That may not be how everyone uses it. It's just how I tend to. Something for 'I boggle' would differentiate between positive or neutral wows and a negative.

Thursday Yardening

May. 25th, 2017 03:30 pm[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
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Today is mild and partly cloudy.

Round 1, I cut more grass around the wagonwheel garden.

There are still two white eggs in the mourning dove nest. 

EDIT 5/25/17: Round 2, we picked up sticks in the yard near the house.  

The sun is coming out, and the weather is heating up.  It's not all the way to hot yet, but it turning warm and muggy.  :/  I have a suspicion that the air will be solid mosquitoes this evening.

EDIT 5/25/17: Round 3, we finally got around to putting down the concrete pavers.  Four went at the corner of the patio for the burn barrel.  2 went near the barrel garden to hold the yard sculpture.

The air has cooled down somewhat and is pleasant again.

EDIT 5/25/17: Round 4, I trimmed grass around another tree and pulled weeds around the forest garden.

Confirmation Bias

May. 25th, 2017 02:23 pm[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
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Here's a cartoon about confirmation bias.  While it technically fits the definition, it's not about belief, but rather about greed -- or possibly survival.  In any case it's an example of how many things which are currently claimed as science are not actually science.  But when you call them that, people mistrust science, instead of mistrusting greed.

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May. 25th, 2017 08:33 am[personal profile] the_rck
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I was hoping to go into town a couple of hours before my appointment today and get lunch and walk around a bit, playing Ingress, but I don't think that's going to happen. I've been sneezing violently off and on. It's raining. Oh, and I have cramps. (On one level, a period would be a good thing, but I really don't want one, not ever again. Also, it would be very difficult for the timing to be worse.)

Cordelia's best friend is home with a concussion. A laptop fell on her head at school yesterday. My assumption is that she was getting one out of the lower rack on the cart while someone else pulled out and dropped one from the upper rack. I wouldn't expect that to be a fall of more than a couple of inches, though, so maybe not. It's just that she's a very tall girl. I can't think how else a laptop would be in a position to fall on her. Even if she was seated, no one would be likely to carry a laptop high enough to drop it on her. And Cordelia said 'fell on her' rather than that someone dropped it on her.

At any rate, Cordelia wants to do something for her friend but rejected every suggestion we made. I'm going to email the girl's mother to ask if there's anything she'd enjoy. If the mother suggests something, I think Cordelia will feel more comfortable with it than she does if we, her parents, suggest things.

Oh, I know! Every time Cordelia visits her friend wants her to bring a particular DVD. A copy of that would probably be a great gift.

Scott's mother called in the middle of my planned nap time yesterday morning. She was taking a walk while Scott's father was at rehab (for heart trouble) and wanted to chat with someone during it. She's very disappointed that my c-PAP isn't making me feel better. Hers apparently did, right away. I explained that, while I wear it, I sleep like Cordelia was six months old and sick and sleeping in the next room. As of tomorrow, it'll be three weeks since I got the dratted thing.

Scott's of the opinion that three weeks is long enough that I should have adjusted and that, since I haven't, I need to talk to someone at the sleep disorders clinic. I'm not sure what they'd have to offer. I don't think it's the specific gear so much as any gear at all. I sleep better when I take Ativan, but I really can't do that every night.

I wrote 1500 words last night but still haven't managed to start my NPT story. I realized after talking to a friend that I was focusing on the wrong character. That other character still needs to be featured prominently, but there's another character who, when I talk about my ideas, is more pivotal. Since that other character was also requested, shifting focus makes sense.

Marine Biology

May. 25th, 2017 05:04 am[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
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 What it's actually like.

I  know that feel.  :(

hello, hello!

May. 24th, 2017 09:31 pm[personal profile] chouette posting in [community profile] add_a_writer
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Name: M

Age: teetering towards 30

Location: USA

About Me: I am more enthusiastic about plants than I am good at keeping them alive, I'd eat butter by the spoonful if I thought I could get away with it, and I can't sing but I'm pretty damned good at karaoke regardless. I used to be oh_simone on LJ, still oh_simone on ao3.

About My Journal: It's currently all old entries imported from LJ, but I'm hoping to ease back into a more sociable corner of fandom internet. I hope that DW will be a space for workshopping some writing projects, fan and orig.

What I Write: currently, mostly fanfic. None of my original stuff has ever seen light of day, but I've got bits and pieces of notes for just about everything-- some fantasy, mystery, family drama, historical, political intriguing.

What I Don't Write: I'm really terrible at and have little to no interest in writing sex scenes in general. Genre-wise, I'd never say never.

What I Read: A bit of everything. I particularly enjoy non-fiction food/travel writing, city histories, political intrigue, fantasy, and any character-driven books. I'm also a low-key sucker for Southern Gothic and true crime.

What I Don't Read: I find I generally like the ideas of sci-fi and mystery/thriller more than I like the executions. Also, anything about the white male mid-life crisis is almost always an automatic nope.

Could I Edit Someone Else's Work: Yes! I would genuinely love to build up my own capabilities and experience as a beta/editor, so by all means.

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I've just started playing Dishonored 2, and I'm loving it! I like Corvo, but I'm glad we get to play as Emily. Aaaand it's more believable when I do something stupid, because she's never had to apply her training in a real-world situation!

I've just wrapped up Mission 4. The game is much more challenging -- in a good way, too. The enemies are smarter, and there are a heck of a lot more of them. I always do stealth runs when given the option, and I'm loving that the game makes you think through it.

Oh, I played through Resident Evil 7 last weekend. It's a solid game, and I liked the fact that we got to play an everyman again. Not terribly scary, for me, but I'm not really scared by horror anymore, so. It's a fun rent!

Courting Cardinals

May. 24th, 2017 03:14 pm[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
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I heard rustling and scratching outside my office window.  There in the bushes were a pair of cardinals, fluttering around and courting.  The male had a mouthful of something which he passed to the female.  Aww!  <3

EDIT 5/24/17:  Also today I spotted an indigo bunting perched on the pot hanger above the barrel garden.

Good News

May. 24th, 2017 03:12 pm[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
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Good news includes all the things which make us happy or otherwise feel good. It can be personal or public. We never know when something wonderful will happen, and when it does, most people want to share it with someone. It's disappointing when nobody is there to appreciate it. Happily, blogging allows us to share our joys and pat each other on the back.

What good news have you had recently? Are you anticipating any more?

Wednesday Yardening

May. 24th, 2017 03:11 pm[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
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Today is cool and drizzly.

Round 1, I straightened the pole for the hanging baskets by the barrel garden, and wrapped cord around the shaft to fasten it to the barrel for more support. 

EDIT 5/24/17: After lunch, it was just spitting a bit, so I went out to sow some grass seed in bare patches around the old raspberry patch.  Of course, then it started really  raining.  :/

EDIT 5/24/17: When it stopped raining, I went back out to sow more grass seed.  It started raining again.

EDIT 5/24/17: Round 4, I sowed more grass seed in bare patches in the streetside yard.  This time I did not get rained out, and therefore got considerably more done.  \o/

As it is now dusk, I am done for the night.

Julie d’Aubigny

May. 24th, 2017 02:29 pm[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
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 ... a person of many names, fluid gender, and great escapades.  :D

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May. 24th, 2017 09:32 am[personal profile] the_rck
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No headache today, but I didn't get rid of yesterday's until nearly bedtime even though I tried to nap. I think that drinking extra water helped more than the attempt to nap. Pity I can't drink lots of water and then try napping. Sadly, it doesn't tend to work so well.

I'm probably going to try to nap again today. I feel like I might be able to, and my legs are aching in a way that tells me my body needs sleep.

I wrote 300+ words yesterday. It's not much, but it's more than I've managed most days this month.

I'm trying to come up with ideas for things to do while Scott's off work on Friday (and of things that need to be done then). It'll be my birthday, so I want some of it to be fun. Cordelia is currently planning to be out that evening. I think she's clear that we're not going to host movie night on my birthday. She may still ask, though, if none of the other girls can host. I just don't want to spend the evening stuck in our bedroom so that the girls can pretend we're not home. Spending those hours outside the house sounds like a kind of hell.

Tuesday Yardening

May. 23rd, 2017 04:23 pm[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
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Today is mild and cloudy. 

Round 1, we picked up sticks along the sidewalk by the house.

Washington hawthorn and red-twig dogwood are blooming.

Round 2, I cut weeds from the septic garden and trimmed grass from around the goddess garden.

Trumping Math

May. 23rd, 2017 03:30 pm[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
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I'm lucky if I can get the same answer three times running on a calculator.  But on college entrance exams, I scored 66% nationally.  That means 2/3 of people are worse at math than I am.  Somehow.

I'm often appalled at how many of those people seem to work in economics and government.  I mean really.  I could do better than this.  >_<


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